For 15 days, the activities of ward boys, nursing orderlies and private security guards at DDU hospital were being monitored from the hospital’s control room by medical superintendent Dr Bharat Singh.
During the course of the internal investigation, several staff members were caught on tape taking money from patients’ kin. Following this, Dr Singh held a discussion with the Health Secretary and registered an FIR with the Anti-Corruption Branch.
In the FIR, the medical superintendent said he suspected the connivance of two persons who had recommended the postings of the persons caught on tape taking bribes.
Hospital sources said during the first week of May, some of the staff posted at the labour room and private wards were caught on CCTV cameras accepting money from kin of patients. The security guards were the first to be spotted taking money outside the labour ward.
Hospital authorities initially thought it was not a bribe and that it was just the new parents handing out money to the staff. However, the visual of the staff accepting money were caught by cameras in other wards too.
Upon going through the CCTV camera feed, officials spotted attendants collecting money from the relatives of patients.
Dr Singh said, “We noticed that they were taking money to provide extra facilities to patients. Only one attendant/kin is allowed to stay with a patient. But nursing orderlies and private security guards were taking money to allow 3-4 persons to stay with a patient. All these extra persons were sleeping on the floor.”
Dr Singh said in the labour room, the CCTV footage caught nursing orderlies taking money on the pretext of “giving good news” to new parents.
“Sometimes, they took money from new parents for cloths to wrap the newborns in,” Dr Singh said.
The ACB has registered a case against unknown persons and are conducting the investigation under the Prevention of Corruption Act.
On Wednesday, ACB officials also visited the hospital and collected several CDs for videographic evidence.